St. John’s Episcopal Church
207 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

The Good News of St. John’s

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

What a glorious Easter celebration we had with the baptism of Lauren Siuta’s daughter, Alivianna. And what a wonderful experience to worship with Holy Cross/Santa Cruz for part of our Holy Week services. We had an egg hunt with well over 200 eggs, cleverly hidden by the older kids, and gathered up in a snap by the younger ones. Easter Brunch was amazingly tasty in the Parish Hall. A special thanks to those who came to help with the various ministries as we prepared and celebrated together. Blessings abound.

I’m so filled with gratitude, my beloveds, because it really was a glorious day. Everyone brought their hearts out to shine. Smiles, sweetness, and joyful laughter filled the room as we shared our meals – both the Eucharistic one and the brunch.

This first week of Easter, I’ll take a few days off to recover from the long hours of Holy Week. We all need our sabbath time. And, as the Gospel account reminds us, Easter is most certainly not the end. It’s the beginning. The beginning of a new understanding; a new way of being in the world. The beginning of a new life.

In the Resurrection we die to old beliefs, our old sense of self, perhaps, so that we might be raised to new life in Christ. This is the heart of Christian belief. In renewing our baptismal vows this year, we were reminded that baptism offers salvation because it is the act that initiates all of us into life in community. Everyone belongs. We are saved through acting as the Body of Christ, through our service in and to the world. We are given new life, revived and resuscitated. We are changed by the love that we offer through service, by the life we help to sustain by giving ourselves up to be used by God for God’s purpose. And God’s purpose is always, always love.

 

Water of Baptism

 

My love to you all,
Rev. Michelle